István ZACHAR, PhD

zachar.istvan [at] ecolres.hu
+36 30 496 0779
Brief description of the main scopes: 

Prebiotics - Evolution - Major Evolutionary Transitions - Cultural Evolution - Human Cognitive Processes

Prebiotics: origin of life, early template evolution and coexistence;

Eukaryotic origin: origin of eukaryotic complexity, origin of mitochondria, nucleogenesis; Major Evolutionary Transitions;

Culture: origin and early evolution of the human language, cultural evolution, origin and evolution syntax and grammar;

Learning: human cognitive processes, modelling learning, insight learning via neural models;

Main profile in keywords: 
prebiotics, replicator theory and dynamics, origin of life, origin of eukaryotes, especially origin of mitochondria, origin of language, modelling ecological and evolutionary dynamics, major evolutionary transitions
Selected publications:

2018

Zachar István, Szilágyi András, Számadó Szabolcs, Szathmáry Eörs (2018): Farming the mitochondrial ancestor as a model of endosymbiotic establishment by natural selection PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 115:(E1504) p. E1510.

2017

András Szilágyi, István Zachar, Anna Fedor, Harold P de Vladar, Eörs Szathmáry (2017): Breeding novel solutions in the brain: a model of Darwinian neurodynamics F1000 Research 2017 5:2416
Szilágyi András, Zachar István, Scheuring István, Kun Ádám, Könnyű Balázs, Czárán Tamás (2017): Ecology and evolution in the RNA world: dynamics and stability of prebiotic replicator systems Life 7(4),48

2013

András Szilágyi, István Zachar, Eörs Szathmáry (2013): Gause's principle and the effect of resource partitioning on the dynamical coexistence of replicating templates PLoS Computational Biology 9(8):e1003193